So what do you know about Sochi?

Monday 14 July 2014

Discover more on all-inclusive Black Sea Odyssey cruise

So what do you know about Sochi?

East meets West on Saga Pearl II’s 33-night exploration of the Black Sea, visiting some of the most important trading ports in history as well as stunning seaside resorts, including Sochi, home of the Winter Olympics 2014.

Sochi is one of the Black Sea’s most popular beach resorts with mineral springs and parks that stretch along the Caucasian coastline. Its subtropical climate allows citrus fruit, tea and tobacco to flourish and with the Caucasus Mountains as a backdrop, this is a ‘super-stop’ for cruise passengers.

Saga Pearl II will also call at three Turkish ports including the dynamic city of Istanbul, characterised by ancient mosques alongside contemporary art galleries. Turkey’s largest metropolis is a melting pot of cultures and the only city in the world to straddle two continents – Europe and Asia.

A day will be spent cruising the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara. The Adriatic shore was the focus of the Trojan War. In 1915,  the peninsula was the location of the World War One Battle of Gallipoli.
Further ports of call:

Gibraltar
The intriguing British outpost is dominated by the 1,400ft limestone rock, where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, 12 miles from Africa. Don’t forget to take advantage of the duty free shopping!

Tunis
Tunisia’s capital exudes a distinctly European atmosphere with colourful souks and markets, ancient remains and the vibrant medina.

Valletta
Built by the Knights of St John in 1565, Malta’s capital is a masterpiece of baroque architecture with narrow streets leading to pretty courtyards.

Piraeus
The harbour of Athens was first fortified in in 482BC and is now a major centre for European shipping. From here passengers can explore the iconic Greek architecture in this fascinating city.

Constanza
From Constanza visit Romania's capital, Bucharest. In the 1900s fashionable travellers referred to the city as 'Little Paris' for its high life, stylish buildings and tree-lined boulevards

Batumi
This seaside resort in Georgia, close to the Turkish border, has a subtropical setting. The Ajarian Museum, botanical garden, parks and theatre are well worth a visit.

Varna
Nestled in a deep valley, the summer capital of Bulgaria boasts plenty of warm sunshine and sandy beaches. Visit the intriguing Fossil Forest and the pretty town of Balchik with its botanical garden.

Nessebar
The ancient but bustling Bulgarian town is set on a rocky peninsula linked to the mainland. The old town received UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983 and is a romantic mix of narrow, cobbled streets and tiny squares lined with period houses.

Heraklion
Crete offers a relaxed ambience with fine beaches, olive groves and a warm climate. Heraklion is the largest city on the island; modern and busy, with remnants of Byzantine and Venetian architecture.

Cagliari
Lying about 120 miles west of Italy, Sardinia has a stunning coastline and a wild and mountainous interior. Cagliari is the vibrant capital with museums and monuments, architectural and archaeological wonders and a beautiful beach.

Almeria
Spain’s best kept secret. Almeria is one of the sunniest places in Spain. It gets more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and there are plenty of quiet beaches with hidden coves and crystal clear waters to make for a really relaxing destination. 

Lisbon
Set on seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon has been the inspiring capital of Portugal since the 13th century. It is strewn with majestic architecture, old wooden trams and lovely gardens.

33 nights from £3,799 departing Dover on September 27, 2014.

Price includes UK mainland travel service to and from departure point, all meals onboard, all-inclusive drinks*, 24-hour room service, gratuities,  welcome cocktail party, entertainment and activities, porterage and travel insurance.
For details call free on 0800 056 8986 or visit saga.co.uk/cruises

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*All-inclusive - selected wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits and cocktails, draught beer and lager, non-alcoholic cocktails, all mixers and soft drinks.

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